Drew Brees Returning To Saints In 2020
Drew Brees is returning to the Saints in 2020, it would appear.
Coming into this offseason, the 41-year-old is an unrestricted free agent.
That means he is free to join any team he wants next year, including someone who is not New Orleans.
A few weeks ago, Brees indicated that he was only contemplating two options: returning to the Saints or retirement.
There would be no scenario where he returned to play for a different organization, he pledged.
This week, ESPN NFL insider Bill Barnwell predicted that Brees would definitely return for a 20th season.
First and foremost, he noted that Brees was still playing at an extremely high level.
Last year, despite missing multiple outings due to a finger injury, he still finished the year with 2,979 yards, 27 touchdowns and four interceptions.
New Orleans as a team had a reasonably successful year, albeit one that ended in fairly disappointing fashion.
The Saints ended up making it to an NFC Wild Card Game, but ultimately ended up getting upset by the Minnesota Vikings.
Barnwell noted that given how good Brees still is, and keeping in mind how the season concluded, there is no reason for the future Hall of Famer not to come back for one more shot at a Super Bowl ring.
All in all, Barnwell expects Brees to come back for one more season, sign a three-year deal for cap purposes, and then play his future by ear in 2021.
The big issue facing New Orleans right now is that Brees is not their only free agent quarterback.
Backup Teddy Bridgewater, who played exceptionally well in Brees’ absence, and 29-year-old Taysom Hill also need to be re-upped.
If Brady comes back, at least one of those players — probably Bridgewater — will likely head elsewhere.
Brees is expected to make a final, official announcement on his future at some point in the next few weeks.
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